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Topcon Featured in Keynote Presentation at SAP Conference

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Topcon Positioning Group announces it was featured today in a keynote
presentation at SAP’s annual SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference in
Orlando, Florida. The presentation titled “Manage
Digital Disruption to Outperform Your Competition
Christian Klein, chief operating officer and member of the executive
board of SAP SE, highlighted how digitalization is forcing companies to
rethink the way they deliver products and services to customers.

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Bringing together changing market conditions, Kris Cowles addresses IT and innovation for adopting n ...

Bringing together changing market conditions, Kris Cowles addresses IT and innovation for adopting new technologies to make a difference in the market. (Photo: Business Wire)

At the presentation, Topcon and SAP demonstrated a road ecosystem that
can deliver information quickly and efficiently in a scalable way by
combining Topcon precision measurement and paving control expertise with
SAP’s leadership as a business- and technology software provider.

Kris Cowles, Topcon VP, global application IT, said, “We are finding
smart and completely new ways to tap into more data than ever before to
achieve game-changing outcomes in the digital era.”

According to the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference
Board, in 2014, traffic congestion wasted 6.9 billion hours of
motorists’ time and consumed approximately 3.1 billion gallons of
gasoline. Motorists had to pay more than $100 billion in additional auto
repair and operating costs annually, due to damage and wear resulting
from substandard road quality and road hazards. Poor road infrastructure
led to an increase in traffic fatalities by 7% from 2014 to 2015, per
the American Society of Civil Engineering.

To help meet these challenges, SAP and Topcon teamed up to demonstrate
how components of the Topcon revolutionary SmoothRide road resurfacing
system can be combined with SAP technology to create a new innovative
platform to improve road infrastructure.

Ray O’Connor, president and CEO of Topcon Positioning Group, said, “We
collaborate and innovate using disruptive technology to meet the growing
demands of the world. We have reached a crossroad where we now live in
an incredible age of digital transformation and have the means to make
changes in infrastructure and agriculture aided by modern technology.”

Topcon was also invited to exhibit its innovations that address the
global infrastructure dilemma in the SAPPHIRE NOW showcase. To learn
more, visit us on the SAPPHIRE
NOW showroom floor, in the Digital Core neighborhood

For information about Topcon, visit at,
always one step ahead in technology and customer benefits.

About Topcon Positioning Group

Topcon Positioning Group, always one step ahead in technology and
customer benefits, is an industry leading designer, manufacturer and
distributor of precision measurement and workflow solutions for the
global construction, geospatial and agriculture markets. Topcon
Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, U.S. (,
Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, the Netherlands.
Topcon Corporation (,
founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).